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Total loan: $5,150

Emanuel Patanatic Group

Panajachel, Solola, Guatemala / Food

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A loan helped to buy an industrial stove, grill, and corn for her tortilla business.

Emanuel Patanatic Group's story

Little tortilla shops where small corn tortillas are freshly made three times daily are popular everywhere in Guatemala. The ladies who make them often set up a room in their homes as a tortilla shop or in a nearby building. The aroma is heavenly and permeates the neighborhood! This is what Sindi, a member of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Emanuel Patanatic,” does as her business. She is 31 years old, married and has 3 children who range in age from 5 to 12. Sindi and her husband work hard so that their children can go to school. She is requesting her 1st Kiva loan to buy an industrial stove along with a grill and corn. She shares, “I would like to open a restaurant in the future where I can make breakfasts and lunches. I’m sure that I will be successful.”

There are 7 ladies, who are mostly Maya K”iche, in the Trust Bank who live in a rural area in the department/state of Solola. Many have attended high school. They have tortilla shops, convenience and crafts stores, and sell personal care products. Their monthly meetings give them an opportunity to support each other, participate in educational trainings (business, health, family, women), and make loan payments. Every other month, they have access to health care services. Friendship Bridge calls the combination of loans, education and health care “Microcredit Plus.”

Sindi and her friends in the group send their gratitude to Kiva investors from all parts of the world! Thank you!